John Settimio

SETTIMIO, John “JoJon” Settimio, 83, of Eldersville Road in Follansbee, WV, passed away at home peacefully and without pain on Saturday, September 22 2012.

John was born on June 14, 1929 on Clifton Street in Follansbee, son of the late Luigi and Julia (Ciccale) Settimio.

He was also preceded in death by a son, John Phillip; brother, Emidio; sisters Ida Bundy, Mary D’Amico, Elizabeth “Lizzy” June and Sophia, who died during childbirth. John served as a marine in the Korean War, after which he married Josephine Zackoski, also deceased. His life’s careers varied from renting “The Scoreboard” bar on Main Street in Follansbee to the purchase of a small parcel of land on the corner of Rt. 2 and Mahan’s Lane, where he ran a putt-putt golf course and trampoline jump. Over time, that parcel went from the valley first 1950s style Drive-In to a hot sandwich shop, adding a jewelry store and hair salon, bow shop and finally a pizza shop, drive-thru lottery, tanning salon and gambling cafe.

John is survived by daughters, Debra Settimio Fiorelli of Kentucky, Joni Arnold and Doanna Settimio engaged to Jeremy Berkshire, all of Morgantown, WV, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private visitation and Liturgy of Word was held at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main Street, Follansbee with Father Pete Giannamore and Father Jack Federico, presided, followed by a formal processional passing his business and home.

Interment was held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Follansbee with full military honors by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

Family has requested in lieu of food, cards or flowers that donations be made in his honor to the Brooke County Animal Shelter, Mac Barnes Drive, Beech Bottom, WV 26030 or to a charity of choice.

A special “hard-to-express” loving thank you to Michael Falbo and Gary Dalesio of Follansbee who during these last few years have cared for his business, home, automobile, moral, mind and body. Friendship goes no further than the bonds that those three had together. This area has lost a trend setter, an original thinker in every way and a legend. There was no one like him.

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